Reasons for an external hard drive not showing up

What prevents an external hard drive from booting up?


An external hard drive is a device that can be used to store information on external media. The external hard disk allows you to save files safely. There is also a hard disk on the computer. Sometimes confidential files might need to transferred to a safe place. In some rare occasions, an external hard drive might not show up on the computer. The main reasons for this issue are issues with the connection or driver. You need to install appropriate drivers for an external hard drive. An external hard drive needs to be connected properly to the computer. If not, the computer might not show any external hard disk. As a result, you will not be able to transfer data from your system to an external hard drive.


The ways to resolve the issue of an external hard drive not showing up on a system:




  • Check drivers

  • Check data cable

  • Use Device Manager



Check drivers



You need to check drivers of an external hard drive. An external hard drive is like any other device that needs drivers. Most of the latest Operating Systems will install an external hard drive as soon as it is connected. In some external hard drives, special drivers need to be installed. If you have an Internet connection, then drivers can be installed automatically.



Check data cable



An external hard disk needs to be connected to the computer. There are various ways for connecting it. The data cable for connecting the external hard disk will be available with the purchase of the external hard disk. If the cable is not connected properly, then the external hard disk will not be detected. You need to make sure that the cable of an external hard disk is not damaged.



Use Device Manager


Sometimes, you might have connected the data cable and the external hard disk properly. Even then, the external hard disk might not be detected. In this case, you need to access the Device Manager. Device Manager is available in the ‘Control Panel’ of Windows. Refresh ‘Device Manager’ and see if any hardware components are damaged or not. If you find any damaged hardware or driver you need to replace them to solve the issue.




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